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16 Beggary Quotes

Beggars must be no choosers.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: Scornful Lady (act V, sc. 3)

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Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. II, mem. 4, subsect. 6)

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Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a gallop. [Set a beggar on horseback, and he'll outride the Devil.]

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. II, sec. III, memb. 2)

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Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee will neuer alight.

Robert Greene Quotes , Source: Card of Fancie

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To get thine ends, lay bashfulnesse aside; Who fears to aske, doth teach to be deny'd.

Robert Herrick Quotes , Source: No Bashfulnesse in Begging

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Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. [Fr., Mieux vaut goujat debout qu'empereur enterre.]

Jean de La Fontaine Quotes , Source: La Matrone d'Ephese

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Borrowing is not much better than begging. [Ger., Borgen ist nicht viel besser als betteln.]

Ephraim Gotthold Lessing Quotes , Source: Nathan der Weise (II, 9)

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The real beggar is indeed the true and only king. [Ger., Der wahre Bettler ist Doch einzig und allein der wahre Konig.]

Ephraim Gotthold Lessing Quotes , Source: Nathan der Weise (II, 9)

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A beggar through the world am I, From place to place I wander by. Fill up my pilgrim's scrip for me, For Christ's sweet sake and charity.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: The Beggar

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A pampered menial drove me from the door.

Thomas Moss Quotes , Source: The Beggar

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Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a halfpenny.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at II, ii)

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It needs not nor it boots thee not, proud queen, Unless the adage must be verified, That beggars mounted run their horse to death.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Not that I have the power to clutch my hand When his fair angels would salute by palm, But for my hand, as unattempted yet, Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail And say there is no sin but to be rich; And being rich, my virtue then shall be To say there is no vice but beggary.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Bastard at II, i)

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I see, sir, you are liberal in offers. You taught me first to beg, and now methinks You teach me how a beggar should be answered.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)

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I'd just as soon a beggar as king, And the reason I'll tell you for why; A king cannot swagger, not drink like a beggar, Nor be half so happy as I. . . . . Let the back and side go bare.

Old Song Quotes , Source: Old English Folk Song--Folk Songs from Somerset, by Cecil Sharpe

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He who begs timidly courts a refusal. [Lat., Qui timide rogat, Docet negare.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Hippolytus (II, 593)

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